Talking about Dr Feelgood … that reminds me.
I went out for a drink with my dear friend the “Dizzy Blonde” the other night.
He is a ‘sound and light man’ of quite considerable talent.
I have known him for “like, literally, ever” as teenagers say.
His company offers “amplification and lighting services” for live events across the UK.
He has worked with Dr Feelgood – and a whole host of other artists that he name-checks: Hawkwind, James Taylor Quartet, Zodiac Mindewarp etc. You name ‘em – and he has done their sound.
Anyway, he was talking about working with bands and musicians in clubs and bars. Slaving over all that mixing, all that knob-turning and what-not. He was remarking that it does not help much, in his line-of-work, if you do not particularly like the music on offer.
Then he came up with a brilliant line that I thought I’d share. He said, “At least music journalists do not have to actually listen to the music .. do they?”
I think that he saw the shocked reaction on my face, so he tried to make it better.
So he said:
“You know, Neil. You don’t have to really, really listen though… do you?”
I kinda know what he means (he has to listen – through his headphones – to every scratch, every nuance, every slip, and every glitch ) …
But even so, that is a pretty damning indictment on music journalism – don’t you think?